Combining cinematic sweep, transportive emotion, and rich melodic grandeur, Australian-born trumpeter/composer Nadje Noordhuis possesses one of the most unforgettably lyrical voices in modern music. Her deeply-felt, clarion tone and evocative compositional gift meld classical rigor, jazz expression, and world music accents into a sound that is distinctively her own.
Noordhuis’ journey has taken her from a youth spent studying classical music in her native Australia to a headlong dive into the world of jazz that has earned her acclaim in the music’s mecca, New York. She was one of ten semi-finalists in the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and was selected as a Carnegie Hall Young Artist to undertake a weeklong residency with trumpet great Dave Douglas in 2010. Noordhuis is a member of several big bands, including Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, the Diva Jazz Orchestra, and Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra. As a composer, Noordhuis has been commissioned by the Sydney-based Baroque ensemble ThoroughBass and the new music ensemble ExhAust, and was awarded a small ensemble commission at the 2009 Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT).
Noordhuis’ long-awaited self-titled debut will be released on October 9, 2012 on Little Mystery Records. Featuring the stellar line-up of violinist Sara Caswell, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Obed Calvaire, with appearances by percussionist James Shipp and classical guitarist Rupert Boyd, the recording is a luxurious autobiography in music. Composed over the course of a decade, the album’s eight songs incorporate gorgeous melodies, lush romanticism, vibrant improvisation, and influences ranging from Pat Metheny to Irish folk songs to tango to film scores. The album was mixed and mastered by world renown sound engineer, Jan Erik Kongshaug, who has recorded the majority of ECM's legendary catalog.
Nadje Noordhuis is a Schagerl® Artist and plays their Penelope model trumpet. For more information, please visit www.nadjenoordhuis.com.